The amazing 2006 central Italy vintage is starting to arrive

Sanigiovese in Chianti ClassicoThe wines from the 2006 vintage in Tuscany and Umbria are now starting to arrive in Minnesota (Badia a Coltibuono Cetamura, Falesco Vitiano, and others) … and this is a vintage to take special note of. Awarded five stars (highest rating) by Decanter Magazine, this might very well be a central Italy vintage to rival the amazing 2001 and 1999 bottlings. The photo on the left is Sangiovese from the heart of Chianti Classico on the first week on September 2006. Notice the even ripening and great color … and the grapes tasted great!

Initial tastes of the 2006 wines from Tuscany, Umbria, and Molise are showing dark fruit, strong structure, and pretty intense personality when they first arrived. After a small bit of time they are harmonizing into lush wines, the quintessential ‘iron fist in a velvet glove’.

On a future post: why you should buy as much 2004 Barolo and Barbaresco as you can possibly afford.

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